Covered bridge and cabin burn in Barbour

CARROLLTON — Firefighters from several area counties spent roughly four hours battling blazes that broke out at an historic covered bridge and nearby cabin in Barbour County.

The Carrollton Covered Bridge, located along U.S. 119 between Philippi and U.S. 20, caught fire at roughly 11 p.m. Thursday night, an official with the Barbour County 911 center said Friday.

While fire crews were en route to the bridge, which was fully engulfed with flames, they learned of a second fire — at a nearby cabin on Buckhannon River Road — and extinguished it, officials said.

“The Carrollton bridge caught fire and at the same time there was a cabin, a small fishing and hunting cabin, down the Buckhannon River Road, which is right there at the intersection of Carrollton Bridge,” the official said. “About a half-mile down that road, there was also a cabin that burned up.”

No injuries were reported in either fire and the bridge remains closed.

“The bridge is closed for traffic and probably will be closed,” the official reported. “Whether they will consider it a total loss or whether they will rebuild it, I don’t know. That will be up to the (West Virginia Division of Highways) and, I guess, the historical foundation.”

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the blaze. At this time it is unknown if the two fires are related to one another.

The Philippi Volunteer Fire Department, Belington Volunteer Fire Department, Junior Volunteer Fire Department, Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department, Warren District Volunteer Fire Department, Johnstown Volunteer Fire Department, Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, West Virginia State Police and Barbour County EMS all responded to the scene.

The Stonewood Volunteer Fire Department covered the Philippi station and the Elkins Fire Department covered the Belington station during the fire.

The Carrollton Covered Bridge is the second-longest and third-oldest surviving covered bridge in West Virginia. The wooden bridge spans the Buckhannon River near Carrollton and was built in 1856. It underwent repairs in 1978 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 4, 1981.

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